Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 5th April 2020. It’s Martyn Lee here and I go through every EV story so you don’t have to.
GERMANY HITS RECORD 9.2% EV MARKET SHARE IN MARCH
“Europe’s largest auto market, Germany, hit another all-time record plug-in electric vehicle market share in March, reaching 9.2%. The Tesla Model 3 was the best selling full electric model, with an estimated 1490 sales, just ahead of the Renault Zoe. Overall auto market volume fell 38% year on year.” says CleanTechnica: “The German EV market was fairly balanced between plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and full battery electrics (BEVs). Notably, plug-in vehicles overtook old-tech plug-less hybrids for the first time. Germany’s 37.7% fall in March auto sales was tough, but still relatively mild compared to a 69% drop in Spain, 72% drop in France, and massive 85% drop in Italy.”
HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR TESLA IS OK DURING A STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
“Quarantined at home? Here are some tips to keep your electric vehicle healthy while sitting for an extended period of time.” says Kyle at Out of Spec Motoring.
Explains phantom drain in much greater detail. Understanding it is important for all EV owners. He also talks about keeping your car at a 30 to 50 percent state of charge while storing it, opening the car and letting the interior breathe from time to time (hopefully there’s no old food or anything else suspect inside), and putting some extra air in your tires.
NEW AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK
“The Sportback line-up mirrors that of the regular e-tron so there are two versions available, starting with the 50 quattro, which has a 71kWh battery, 217-mile range and develops 309bhp. The more potent 55 quattro, which we’re driving here, uses a 95kWh battery for a 278-mile range, and develops a more eye-catching 404bhp.” writes AutoExpress: “One thing that doesn’t change, regardless of the version, is the compromise you have to make with the Sportback. It’s 4.9 metres long, like the regular model, but there is around 20mm less headroom in the back, along with an overall luggage capacity that has dropped by 45 litres because of the sloping roofline.”
Auto Express go on to say: “Speaking of long drives, they are reasonably feasible, thanks to the e-tron’s rapid-charging capability. Hooked up to an ultra-rapid 150kW charger, the battery can be topped up from 10-80 per cent in 30 minutes. The only trouble is finding one; currently there are fewer than 900 publicly available in the UK”
OVER 4,000 VW E-GOLF ORDERS IN GERMANY IN ONE MONTH
“People in Germany are wanting more Volkswagen e-Golf than ever before – sort of.
According to industry analyst Matthias Schmidt (schmidtmatthias.de), the number of orders for the “good-old” Volkswagen e-Golf went through the roof in Germany last month.” reports InsideEVs: “The “internal industry sources” indicate that a record of more than 4,000 new orders were placed in March, which sounds extreme not only because of the number but also because of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 PROMISES THE INDUSTRY’S MOST BRILLIANT HEAD-UP DISPLAY
“The Volkswagen ID.3 may have encountered some software issues just as it was about to start shipping, but even so, it’s arguably still worth the wait for many of the advanced pieces of tech it has to offer. One is the optional advanced head-up display system, which based on what we’ve seen in VW’s promo videos, is more brilliant and more advanced than anything else on the market.” according to Motor1.com: “Mind you, we’re still taking this with a grain of salt, since VW says that what it has shown so far is a near-production version of the system that will be available for the ID.3, so it is still subject to change. But the manufacturer clearly states that “The augmented reality head-up display projects the navigation directions straight into the traffic situation ahead, as you’re driving.””
“So it will show you arrows hovering right above the intersection where you need to turn (as well as various other graphics to highlight other cars, for instance) and your destination will be displayed on this HUD too; it looks a lot like what you might see in a free-roam car game and it honestly looks a bit too good to be true.”
QUESTION OF THE WEEK ANSWERS
I say we give them the benefit of the doubt, we need all hands on deck, to move towards EVs. My Chevy Bolt had software issues when I bought it, but they have been fixed with software updates. If GM can do it, I am confident VW can as well.
Neither a pass or a hammer should be applied. The market will punish or reward legacy auto makers for the speed of their transition to EV’s. Due to poor performance of Legacy automakers Tesla is here to stay. If they keep it up the big 3 may refer to Tesla, Rivian and Lucid.
I had an immediate reaction to your question about VW, and the TL;DR version is: Don’t dogpile on a company that’s not doing something legally, ethically, or morally wrong at the moment. On the other hand, if VW were to get caught up in more diesel shenanigans, then it would be perfectly fair to point out a “pattern or practice of bad faith activity,” and pile on. But with this story, that isn’t the case. This is a case where they’ve bitten off a bit more than they can chew on the software side, and they’re still actually TRYING to make EVs.
Maybe VW shouldn’t have used Windows ! That’s asking for trouble 🙂
i would not like one of those ID3s that been sitting in a feild for months uncharged what battery damage will have been done befor you even get it
Question of the week – We should treat them as hard as they treated Tesla, in the early days, when Tesla was having development problems.
If they came (come) to market quietly, or showing respect for those already there, the same respect should be shown to them. If they came in “talking the talk”, with a “killer” attitude….. They deserve “criticism” to match.
Yes, I do think we should give them a hard time. But only when they put profit ahead of what is right, and employ FUD to do it. They should be held accountable for their part in climate change.
I say no. We should not go easy on big auto.
They have given us a misleading/fraudulent song and dance for far too long.
Their greed has not only cost us billions, polluted our environment but they have also contributed to our greatly to our health problems. Tesla has shown us that their model building compelling EVs is woefully wanting. Not only can they not make a car to compete with Tesla’s 2012 vintage cars in terms of efficiency, they cannot even manage their supply chains (e.g. enough batteries to keep their factories up and running). And now we learn that they have no idea how to make the software to run the hardware.
Even though VW is going electric because of its sins, it is good that it is investing $billions, both on internal projects, and fines, to advance EV transport. Instead of criticizing it, I would hope people could offer to help in some way to get the ID.3 on the road. Not that I can program, but maybe, especially now during the plague, there are those with automotive BEV expertise who can offer help to VW.
I don’t think that manufacturers that are trying to make EVs should be heavily criticised. I do however think that companies who refuse to acknowledge the changes to personal transport or update their OLD hybrid technology, should be shamed and forced to remove their grossly misleading advertising.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
If you’re staying at home and not driving, what condition or state of charge are you leaving your EV parked up in?
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